Step 1 -Â Making the appointment
First call the Clinic. Our Phone Number isÂ 816-453-5940
The Phone is answered during the hours the Clinic is open. One of our courteous front office professional will answer what questions they can and will try to arrange an appointment that fits your schedule. Many of your questions can hopefully be answered by the Web site. They will send you a packet of information and forms if you request with papers that need to be filled out. For the patient that is familiar with the computer, we have conveniently included those form on the right hand column and you can print them out and bring them with you.Â
Step 2 -Â Coming to the First Appointment
If you are coming to Kansas City for the first time and are unfamiliar as to the location of the clinic you map Click Here to find our Map and directions to the clinic. Â
Many patients want to come fasting (Nothing to eat since Midnight the night before) so they can get started on the process quicker as many patients come from great distances and want to maximize their time her. Generally we dont recommend that because of you are driving yourself, then your blood sugar may get too low and would impair driving. If, on the other hand you have an early appointment and someone drives you, then it is alright to fast but please let the front office girls know you are fasting and if you are a diabetic.
One of the Doctors will then see you and Â go over your Medical History, an examination and schedule you for tests.
Step 3Â - Patient Testing
The patient will then undergo a battery of tests to determine the extent of the problem and if he or she will benefit from our Alternative Therapy. The description of the tests may found by clicking on the test name which will take you that description.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: The initial testing for these patients includes a blood test, tympanometry (to check for ear pressure issues), a Chest X-Ray and Pulmonary function test (the latter two makes sure the lungs can handle the HBOT).
Prolotherapy: The initial testing for these patients includes a blood test, an EKG, Trace Mineral test (to check for deficiencies that would slow healing) and X-Rays of areas that the patient complains about (for example, a patient with sciatica would get a Lumbar Spine X-Ray).
Chelation Therapy: The initial testing for these patients includes the following and is determined by the results of the consultation with the Doctor and includes many of the tests listed below.:
1.Â EKGÂ to determine if there are any obvious cardiac issues specifically arrhythmias or electrical conduction defects in the heart.
2.Â Treadmill Stress TestingÂ Â to check for coronary artery diseases and see at what level of exercise EKG changes occur.
3.Â Vessel TestingÂ to determine the amount of blockage in the extremities, particularly the legs
4.Â X-raysÂ Â are usually taken of the Chest and any area which pertains to the patients initial presenting symptoms. For example, in a prolotherapy patient, we would X-Ray the affected area.
5.Â Bone DensityÂ is usually done on all females (although we are seeing it more in men these days) over 40 years old to check the hardness of their bones to pick up Osteoporosis in the early stages.
6.Â Carotid DopplerÂ is done if the Doctor hears neck bruit (a swishing sounds that indicates artery narrowing) or if the patient has had a stroke or mini-stroke.
7.Â Pulmonary Function TestÂ to evaluate the lung capacity in a smoker or a patient that has COPD (Emphysema)
8.Â EchocardiographyÂ to determine the strength of the heart and evaluate the valves of the heart to make sure they are not regurgitating (not sealing allowing blood to flow backwards) or becoming stenosed (narrowing to such a degree that the blood flow through the valve is being restricted)
9.Â Heidelberg TestÂ is a test that measures the amount of stomach acid that a patient produces and helps distinguish a patient that is producing too much acid from one that is producing to little.Â
Step 4 - Patient Treatment
The first thing I tell patients that are beginning treatment is that our treatment is called CAM (Complimentary and Alternative Medicine). Â The Key word here is Complimentary (as opposed to substitutionary). Most people feel that they should stop their medications immediately as they start this treatment. This treatment is complimentary to what they are doing and the patient should not shop any medication on their own.Â
The treatment schedule depends on the type of treatments they are taking namely prolotherapy, EDTA Chelation Therapy, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) or a combination of the treatments.
Long Distance vs Local Patients
The treatment plan not only depends upon your condition but the distance you are from the Clinic. Patient from under 100 miles are local and over 250 are long distance who stay in a Hotel (Click Here for Local Hotels that Give our patient discounts and offer Shuttle Service). Those in the intermediate range (100-250 miles) Â may schedule even differently. In general here is what patients do:
Local Patients take 1-3 treatments per week with a day or two between treatments.Â
Intermediate Range Patients (Des Moines, Omaha, Lake Ozarks) Â may come down and take a treatment, stay overnight and take a second treatment the following day then go home
Long Distance Patients (Illinois, South Dakota, Arkansas, Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana, Canada, etc) will usually come for a week and take treatments with the frequency based on the patientâ€™s medical condition
Local Patients take 1 treatment per week and when they improve, they reduce it to every two weeks, then Three weeks then monthly till they take it every 6-9 months to maintain their progress.
Intermediate Range and Long Distance Patients will come down for 2-3 days (or sometimes longer) in a row then return in 2-6 weeks with the frequency determined upon consultation with the Doctor
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
HBOT is very variable but is generally done as follows: 1) it is taken when they are down for chelation or 2) if taken alone for a non-vascular condition, the treatment frequency is highly variable and may be as often as two treatments daily (with 4 hrs in between treatments) for up to two weeks or as little as once a month. The details will be worked our in consultation with the doctor.
Step 5 -Â Patient Re-Testing
After every ten treatments (and multiple thereof) of Chelation Therapy, the patient has minor re-testing including an EKG and minor blood test (that checks kidneys, liver, electrolytes, blood sugar and any non-routine blood test that was not normal the first time. For example, we do not usually check for Rheumatoid Arthritis after the first blood test but if it was positive, we will recheck it to monitor the patients progress.
After 30 Treatments, we expand what is done after 10 treatments to include previous test shown to be abnormal (Treadmill, Vessel Test, Bone Density, Doppler etc) to evaluate the patients progress.